Patlabor On Television
The Phantom Returns
Phantom Labor lands and is heading towards Sashiki. It has already destroyed one
of the Holly Security Services Labors. Captain Fuwa and her military Labor team
plan to lure the Phantom Labor into the military training grounds to destroy it.
Division 2 arrive, but are ordered not to get involved, if at all possible.
As Captain Fuwa's team are dropped from a military plane they are immediately
attacked by the Phantom Labor's beam weapon, even before they land. One of the
Labors is damaged but
they still continue on with their plan. Kanuka decides that they should be the
ones leading the Phantom Labor into the training ground. The plan certainly
works but Ota is attacked and is severely beaten. Captain Fuwa manages to save
Ota by forcing the Phantom Labor away. Ota notices that there is a second armed
Labor lurking around helping it. Meanwhile Kurosaki decides that he needs more
battle data. He instructs his team to get the Phantom Labor to steal Noa's
movement disc at any cost. Noa is now the sole target of the of the Phantom
labor. She has to fight it alone without any backup. Even if she does win she
still may have to deal with the second Labor.
Note that the sequence of the military Labors dropping from the plane is quite
similar to opening sequence to "Patlabor
the movie". Screenplay by Kazunori Ito. Originally broadcast 14 March
22 Flowers and Labors
Tokyo Metropolitan Police are holding a Public Safety Awareness Week. Division 2
are holding a seminar on Labor safety when a Yakuza boss decides to take an
interest in what they're doing. He introduces himself to Noa and Kanuka. Are the
Yakuza trying to intimidate them? But he seems quite freindly and even invites
them to his house
to show off his Labor collection. All he wants to know is how set the
defaults on his Labors so he can use them. Noa shows him but is a little
concerned. He rewards the SV2 with gifts, but for a police unit to receive gifts
from a Yakuza boss, well that's ruat with danger. The relationship begins to get
a bit stronger, and the boss becomes so enthralled with piloting Labors he
decides to do help out the SV2! The Yakuza are now helping to stop crime.
Trouble brews when a rival Yakuza boss gets jealous and wants a piece of the
action. This could lead to a gang war. Noa and Kanuka must stop them before
blood is shed. Screenplay by Michiko Yokote. Originally broadcast 21 March 1990.
23 Kanuka's Report
stay with the SV2 is up. She must now return to the New York Police Department.
She explicitly states she doesn't want a farewell party. However several members
of Division 2 have other ideas. They literally break into her apartment to give her a
surprise party. But Shinshi accidentally discovers a report she has been working on for
the NYPD. It's a report on Division 2 and there is a dossier on every member.
The report however does not give Division 2 a good review. Far from it.
Eventually when they reach Ota's dossier, it is so bad he practically destroys
the lounge room an d the computer, and Kanuka is due back any minute.
This episode is essentially a recap episode, but there's enough material in it
to make it worthwhile viewing. During the episode, Asuma wears a "Headgear"
jacket. Screenplay by Hibari Arisu and
Naoyuki Yoshinaga. Originally broadcast 4
|24 Goodbye Kanuka
is finally heading back to New York. The team feel like they have disgraced
themselves so Noa is the only one there to see her off. Before the plane takes
off a strange man named Ginji Nekowatari enters the cockpit and tells the pilot that he has a bomb on
board. He demands the release of one of the "Home of the Sea" terrorists
currently in custody. Unfortunately Kanuka has had to check her gun in with the
pilot before she boarded. She decides to disguise herself as an air hostess to
get closer to the terrorist and move freely about the plane. Although it
probably won't take much to fool this terrorist.
Yes, Ginji Nekowatari is meant to look like a cat, and Neko means cat in
Japanese. On his jacket it says "Nyao", which means "meow" in Japanese. There is
an error in the English adaptation of this episode. As Noa goes into to aprehend
the criminal in a one of the airline's Labors, in both the English dub and
subtitles, Asuma calls the Labor an Ingram, when it is in fact a Bulldog. In the
Japanese dialogue there is no mention of the what model the Labor is.
Note that the plane that Kanuka boards is "Sunrise Airlines". Sunrise is the
animation studio which produced the TV series. Though this is not the first time
Sunrise Airlines has been seen in an anime. "City Hunter" also regularly
featured passenger aircraft with the studio's name, and was also produced by the
same studio. Screenplay by Kazunori Ito.
Originally broadcast 11 April 1990.
25 Spring Storm
the departure of Kanuka, Shinshi
has has been given the unenviable job of being Ota's backup. Things are not going well. Shinshi
just can't control him and he won't listen to any of his orders. Maybe he isn't
cut out for this work. An opportunity comes up for him to return to his old line
of work; computer programming. The job sounds good, he'll get three times more than what
he's getting now and he'll be the head of his own department. But can he turn
his back on his colleagues, his job and resign from the police force?
Another great character episode which this time fleshes out Shinshi character and
shows that he struggles with the attitudes of some of his team mates. Also we
get to see how unstable and violent his wife, Tamiko, really is. Screenplay
by Michiko Yokote. Originally broadcast 18 April 1990.
|26 I am Takeo Kumagami
new member is a about to join Division 2. Her Name is Takeo Kumagami. She's an
excellent cop, good at cooking, a great typist, gret with computers, has mastered the basic pattern
movements of the Ingram in less than a day and was even scouted by Interpol but
turned the offer down. Why on Earth is she here at the SV2? Captain Gotoh is
thinking of changing some of the positions in his team. Is Kumagami trying to
take Noa's position? Will changing the team be a problem for morale? Screenplay
by Michiko Yokote. Originally broadcast 25 April 1990.
While the anime version of Patlabor had Kanuka Clancy, Masami Yuuki's manga had Takeo Kumagami,
who originally appeared way back in the second graphic novel in 1988. This episode marks Kumagami's first
appearance in the anime version. Screenplay by Michiko Yokote. Originally
broadcast 25 April 1990.
|27 A Voice in the
2 are out on a training mission at a group of abandoned buildings set for
demolition. They are training for urban combat and hostage situations.
Everything seems to be going fine until the nightshift comes. Local residents
claim that the buildings are haunted. Voices can be heard at night and a ghostly
group of samurai can sometime be seen. Shinshi discovers that disaster and death
have always befell the area, with many deaths due to earthquakes, especially the
big one which happened fours years prior. One night Captain Gotoh's computer
malfunctions and the world "Help!" scrolls across his screen continually. Then
he is attacked by a man with a sword who vanishes!
Later Ota feels someone "tugging" at his Labor and Noa sees a ghostly vision of
a young boy. Are these mysterious occurrences the work of spirits? Is the site cursed?
This episode is based on the manga story "Intermission", which appears in the
third graphic novel (1989). When the scared Kumagami throughs a bundle of papers
at Gotoh, on it it says "To those of you who went through frame by frame to see
what is written here, we thank you for your effort". Screenplay by Kazunori Ito. Originally broadcast 2 May
28 The Suspicious Pair
leave, Noa and Asuma head out to the city and end up in a game arcade. Asuama
spots a Patlabor game, but both he and Noa are beaten by it. A man named Utsumi
shows up claiming his company created the game and then proceeds to clear all
the levels. Noa decides she won't be beaten and tries again, and fails. A young
boy named Bud shows up and says he'll avenge Noa. Noa can't believe even a kid
is better at this game than she is. Utsumi and Bud are actually employees of
Schaft. They're getting read to make their next move. Utsumi and Kurosaki are
heading up the Griffin project. An experimental Labor with battle capabilities
higher than most military Labors. The Labor has been created to develop
components for other Labors. The first part of their plan involves testing out
Division 2. Utsumi sends out a Saturn Labor to cause havoc on a construction
site hoping that Division 2 will show up.
A good episode that finally introduces Utsumi, Bud and the Griffin Labor.
Unfortunately we don't get to see the Griffin in action quite yet.
This episode is based on the manga story "Game Maker (Parts 1 to 8)", which appears in the
third graphic novel (1989). Screenplay by Kazunori Ito. Originally broadcast 9
29 The Destruction of the SV2
the SV2 hangers being out in the middle of an isolated reclaimed landfill,
getting food has always been a problem. The Shanghai Restaurant is the only
place that will deliver to them. In what should have been a typical order, the
food doesn't arrive. Apparently the delivery boy has disappeared with the order.
Ota rings the restaurant to complain and ends up insulting them. eventually the
hunger gets to them and Ota is forced to apologise .But the restaurant now says it doesn't want to go out at night because of the stray
dogs that live on the reclaimed land and the fact the there is no one to deliver
the food. Fed up after waiting hours and hours, Ota
says he will provide an escort for the restaurant but he doesn't return. A few
hours later the mechanics take off to find Ota, but they also don't return.
Where have they gone and why don't they return?
Noa's memory must truly amazing to remember every single member of the SV2's
orders for lunch, including all of the mechanics. Screenplay by Mamoru Oshii.
Originally broadcast 23 May 1990.
|30 The Griffin Has Arrived
a secret training ground, military Labors are fighting a large black Labor. All
the teams are defeated including Captain Fuwa's team. Her Labor's movement disc
is ripped out of her Labor. The mysterious black Labor leaves a message written
in the sand; "The Griffin has Arrived". The Schaft team is delighted with the
results, although some think that Bud is a dangerous pilot who takes too many
risks. Utsumi now wants to take on Division 2 so that he can capture an Ingram
to study it and for it's movement data. Shinobu meets her old friend Fuwa for a
meal. Captain Fuwa takes the opportunity to ask Shinobu if she knows anything
about a Labor called the Griffin that can mimic human movement. Meanwhile news
comes though that the police chief is thinking of creating two new divisions.
But all four divisions would get new economy Ingrams being developed by Shinohara Heavy
Industries. This means Division 2's old Ingrams would have to go. Captain Gotoh
isn't too sure this is a good idea. Are the Labors worse than the current ones?
There's only one place to find out; The Tokyo International Labor Show.
This episode is based on the manga story "Out of Standard (Parts 1 to 6)", which
appears in the fourth graphic novel (1989). Screenplay by Kazunori Ito.
Originally broadcast 30 May 1990.
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